A couple of the pros are real good friends of mine, and I am not upset with them. I know they are trying to make a living. But the next closest test to the 90 dog master that the OP was referring to opened yesterday with a 60 dog master. It was full in 15 minutes, I know because I started signing up, and on the last button click it said " sorry, as you were completing your entry, the flight was filled. I guess I need to learn to type faster.
If you gripe is that an event filled up and closed before you entered, then I suggest you do not wait until the closing date. No competition there, pros often don't have the luxury of waiting until the last minute to plan their upcoming events.
The flip side of what the OP is bitching about is that many clubs count on pros to fill the test up because they do, in most instances, enter early and that helps a club determine what is needed for the test (birds, workers, food...). One of the biggest gripes I hear about HRC is walk up entries on the day of the event. These make planning almost impossible.
The Thread could have been ended with one simple statement, shut up and enter the test and don't wait until the last minute.
Owned and handled by Cruisin' with Indiana Jones, JH
Alternate Handler: Westwind Buffalo Soldier
Apprentice Handler: Snake River Medicine Man, SH
My advice is keep watching the event and see if scratches happen toward the closing date but yes that is an interesting conundrum to have as that filled up really fast!!
It will be interesting to see how many scratches there are in your WI HT. If the numbers I have calculated for a couple stay around the 20% mark that scratched after closing then it may be up to clubs to track the offenders and not allow them entry based on their abuse of the system history.
Just a thought several of us discussed at training a couple of days ago. Handler/Pros scratch once shame on me, scratch twice red flag, scratch 3 times black listed for a year.
I understand making a living but screwing other competitors is just wrong in this endeavor. That is what scratching after close pros are doing. Cheat in almost any other area and you are out.
John Cottenham aka jacduck in many circles before the internet
"Duck hunter's minds are like concrete. All mixed up and permanently set."
The pros have an obligation to their clients to get the dogs qualified for the master national. All the pros I talk to around here hate the limited entries because like all of us they have to tie up money months in advance to get entered in events. Then if they get lucky and qualify the dog earlier then its a scratch. I don't know what the complaint is really its fair for everyone, get entered early and plan in advance. I managed to get my one dog entered in enough events to finish his title and get him qualified and I am an amateur.
CH Chisholm Trail's Backdraft Bay MH***
Chisholm Trail's Crossfire Sophie JH**
Chisholm Trail's The Girl Next Door
"I say goodbye to my weakness, so long to the regrets"